We believe… you can be a part of halting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Beloved Daughter is a holistic prevention, self-esteem, life-skill program to address the underlying contributing factors relating to rising numbers of HIV cases in girls and young women. Many girls are vulnerable to HIV infection because of risky sexual behavior and substance abuse.
Beloved Daughter strives to educate and nurture girls and young women, like Sophia (now 13-years old), who lost her brother during a food shortage, mother to AIDS, and her virginity as a child when she was severely abused by relatives. Sophia decided to leave home and chance her luck on the streets of Arusha, trying to scrape a living from whatever work she could find. Sophia, one of hundreds of children helped by KidCare International, is now gaining skills necessary to live her life protected from HIV.
The greatest hope for changing the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is giving young people the right tools, education, care, and support.
HIV continues challenge global health with Africa the hardest hit of the epidemic. Research conducted in many countries has revealed that women were the hardest hit this plague of modern times.
In Africa, women and girls, because of their status in the community, are some of the most vulnerable victims of HIV/AIDS and the country of Tanzania remains one of the hardest hit. According to UNAIDS’s Global AIDS Epidemic report, there are 1,400,000 people infected with HIV and an estimated 1,100,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. Tanzania’s National Policy indicates women are infected at a much earlier age, due to coerced sex, unsafe sex with older men, prostitution, and a lack of skills and information on self protection. An alarming 69 percent of the new infections in are women the 15-24 age group. In some regions they are two to six times more likely to be infected than young men, and infected at younger.
How KidCare International is Responding
We believe this crisis cannot be solved without strengthening the role of women in Africa with programs to build self-esteem. Only women descending from ruling tribal families, successful businesswomen, or women politicians enjoy privileges equal to men. Overall, women have a lower standard of living than men, and boys are valued more than girls.
First Lady Laura Bush July 2006, campaigning in Tanzania to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, anti-poverty initiatives, and the strengthening role of women in the continent stated:
“Women who have control over their own lives, including economic power and social respect, have a greater ability to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS.”
Catalyzed by Mrs. Bush’s powerful and insightful words, KidCare International, in collaboration with students from Pepperdine University, developed this HIV prevention program for girls.